Category Archives: Books in Chicagoland

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Celebrate the Holidays

by Josalyn Moran On Saturday November 19 we had the opportunity to visit the Swedish American Museum in the Chicago Andersonville neighborhood and to participate in their first Flick, Ricka, Dicka celebration. The event was keynoted by readings throughout the … Continue reading

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Bookstore Visit: The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

by Kristin in Editorial Last Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Illinois. Winnetka is a beautiful suburb north of Chicago—and it is particularly gorgeous in the fall, with leafy … Continue reading

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Bookstore Visit (and Wendy the Famous Author)

As some of you will know, “Wendy in Editorial” is actually Wendy McClure. She’s a senior editor here at Albert Whitman & Company, but she is also an author…with a book for “big people” out this month entitled The Wilder … Continue reading

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9th Annual Anderson’s Children’s Literature Breakfast

by Michelle and Wendy As regular readers will know, we’re pretty big fans of Andersons’ Bookshops around here. One of the best things that Becky and the entire Andersons’ crew does is the annual Children’s Literature Breakfast—usually on Presidents’ Day … Continue reading

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Border’s Isn’t Gone, But We Still Have to Say Goodbye

Like everyone else in the book business these past few months, we’d been wondering about the fate of Borders—whether the whole company would go under, completely taking out one of the major bookstore players.  We knew there’d be a big … Continue reading

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What Is AW Reading?

Despite a small February thaw, most of us are still firmly ensconced in winter hibernation mode.  That means it’s time to check in on Albert Whitman staffers to see what they’re reading “off hours.” Josalyn: The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure … Continue reading

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Life After NYC Publishing

I’m often asked by my colleagues in New York City, “So, how’s Chicago?” By this they mean, how could anyone leave New York! It’s where the action is, where all the great publishers are, where all the authors are (FYI, … Continue reading

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My first SCBWI Conference

Hard to believe, but after 19 years in the business, I spoke at my first SCBWI conference on Saturday. [Full Disclosure: I have been to the evening cocktail party at the national conference in New York City in February a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Publisher Previews

This past Saturday, we held the first ever joint publishers preview in Chicago. I worked with Sourcebooks, Norwood House, and the wonderful people at the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books at National-Louis University to create an event which is … Continue reading

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Bookstore Visit: The BookCellar, Chicago, IL

Albert Whitman & Company has been located in the Chicago area for most of its 90-plus years in business. As such, we’ve been blessed – both professionally and personally – with a wonderful assortment of independent bookseller for decades. Happily, … Continue reading

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